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Student Engagement Program

The primary goal of the WAFWA Student Engagement Program (SEP) is to increase opportunities for professional engagement among diverse and underserved student leaders through WAFWA events and committees. SEP supports a variety of mentorship opportunities and focuses on using the WAFWA annual Summer Meeting as a place to enhance selected students’ professional growth. This allows ample opportunity for interaction and allows students to experience WAFWA and engage with a broad spectrum of conservation professionals and an expanded number of committees and events.


WAFWA invites undergraduate and graduate university students who are interested in working in state fish and wildlife agencies to apply. Applicants must be a resident of or a student in a university in a WAFWA member state or province: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Yukon.


Successful applicants will attend the WAFWA Annual Summer Meeting in Stevenson, Washington. This conference is attended annually by 400+ fish and wildlife professionals from western state agencies, federal agencies, and partners.


The Student Engagement Program will provide participants:

  • Meeting registration and a federal-rate per diem stipend
  • Travel and housing accommodations for the event
  • Mentoring opportunities with professionals within WAFWA
  • Professional development skills education, practice and critique
  • Dedicated student/professional networking opportunities
  • Access to committee sessions at the event to witness current issue discussions
  • Newsletter updates including career opportunities sent to participants after the event


To apply, interested students must complete the application and send it to

This program is hosted by WAFWA’s Access and Engagement Committee.


Applications Open

January 2024

Applications Due

March 31, 2024

Participants Notified


Participants Arrive at Conference

June 2, 2024

Student Workshop

June 3, 2024

Participants Attend Conference Sessions

June 4-6, 2024

Participants Depart

June 6, 2024

Related Documents

2024 Student Engagement Flyer (780kb)